World Domination Summit Recap – The Designed Life

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the busyness of everyday life and lose track of whats important. There is always something to work on, and someone that needs your attention. But if we never focus on our own long term goals we’re constantly stressed out and worn down.

The World Domination Summit is the perfect cure for the stressed out and overworked. Each year over 2500 entrepreneurs, bloggers, and digital nomads meet in Portland, Oregon to help change the world. Everyone is happy to help and inspire one another, and it is a great way to meet like minded individuals.

This was my first year attending WDS and it was amazing. I met so many interesting people and had a lot of great conversations. As a way to give back to the WDS community I’ve decided to compile as much useful information about the conference as possible.

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Highlights and Quotes
Speaker and WDS Resources
World Domination Summit Recap

Highlights and Quotes

There were so many noteworthy and inspiring moments at WDS. To best capture these moments I have created and compiled the following images. Feel free to use any of the images I created. Some images are from other people, ask them before using them.
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“My Body is Not a Democracy” Photo Credit Teafly

Speaker and WDS Resources

AJ Jacobs

A.J. Jacobs is an author, journalist, lecturer and human guinea pig. He has written four New York Times bestsellers that combine memoir, science, humor and a dash of self-help.

Jadah Sellner

I’m Jadah, and I help you change the world with your big idea by showing you how to combine the power of strategic, authentic marketing with a soul-changing tribe so that you can have a business and life that is truly aligned. The community you build, the people you serve, and the dreams you make… matter.

Gavin Aung Than

Gavin Aung Than is a freelance cartoonist based in Melbourne, Australia. After working in the corporate graphic design industry for 8 years he quit his unfulfilling job at the end of 2011 to focus on his true passion, drawing cartoons. Gavin launched Zen Pencils at the start of 2012, a cartoon blog which adapts inspirational quotes into comic stories, and hasn’t looked back since.

Sarah Lewis

Bestselling author and art historian, Sarah Lewis has served on President Barack Obama’s Arts Policy Committee, been selected for Oprah’s “Power List,” and is a faculty member at Yale University, School of Art in the MFA program. In the fall of 2014, she will be at Harvard University as a Du Bois Fellow.

Michael Hyatt

I am the author of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World (Thomas Nelson). It is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller. Recently, Forbes magazine named me one of the “Top 10 Online Marketing Experts To Follow In 2014.”

Saki Mafundikwa

Saki Mafundikwa is a maverick visionary who left a successful design career in New York to return to his native Zimbabwe and open that country’s first school of graphic design and new media. Mafundikwa is the author of Afrikan Alphabets, a comprehensive review of African writing systems. He has participated in exhibitions and workshops around the world, contributed to a variety of publications and lectured about the globalization of design and the African aesthetic.

John Jantsch

John Jantsch is a marketing consultant, speaker and best selling author of Duct Tape Marketing, Duct Tape Selling, The Commitment Engine, and The Referral Engine. He is the creator of the Duct Tape Marketing System and Duct Tape Marketing Consulting Network that trains and licenses small business marketing consultants around the world. He frequently consults with small and mid-sized businesses helping them create marketing plans and organized marketing systems that smooth the way for steady growth.

Scott Berkun

Scott Berkun is the bestselling author of Making Things Happen, The Myths of Innovation, Confessions of a Public Speaker, and The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com & The Future of Work. His work as a speaker and writer have appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Wired Magazine, Forbes, The Economist, and other media.

Dee Williams

Dee Williams is the co-owner of Portland Alternative Dwellings where she leads workshops focused on tiny houses, green building, and community design. She’s the author of a how-to e-book, Go House Go, and her memoir, The Big Tiny (Blue Rider, Penguin/Random House) was just released in April 2014.

John Francis

John Francis is known the wold over as the Planetwalker, and is the author of Planetwalker: 17-Years of Silence, 22-Years of Walking, and The Ragged Edge of Silence: Finding Peace in a Noisy World, published by the National Geographic Society.

John began his environmental work in 1971, when he witnessed a tanker collision and oil spill in San Francisco Bay. He gave up the use of motorized vehicles and began to walk, because he felt partly responsible for the mess that washed up on the shore.

Elise Blaha Cripe

Elise Blaha Cripe is a blogger, crafter and goal setter in San Diego, California. She has been sharing thoughts and DIY projects on her Internet corner since 2005 and running an online shop of handmade goods since 2008. To stay motivated and push herself creatively, Elise sets lofty year-long craft challenges and documents her progress and lessons learned online. Her most recent (ad)venture, MAKE29, is 12 handmade items, released monthly and produced and sold in editions of 290 or 29.

World Domination Summit Recap

I’ve been to many conferences and events that were informative and worthwhile. But WDS is the only conference that has inspired me to take action and make the world a better place.

The conference had presentations from world travelers, best-selling authors, online marketers, and entrepreneurs. And even with such a diverse group of speakers there were many similar messages.

One of the messages that resonated with me the most was from Michael Hyatt. His presentation focused on the two types of people we usually see in the world – people that are drifting in life, and people that are driven in life.

People that drift through life usually put in the minimum amount of effort. They don’t plan for their future, and don’t take any risks. People that are driven in life are the exact opposite. They are busy all the time, and are usually proud of it. They work extra hours, and put money or prestige above everything else.

Michael argues that these people take the easy road. They let other people make big decisions for them, and they ignore key areas of their life. Their unconscious approach to life usually leads to stress and disappointment.

But there is another way to live. Michael calls this third way “the designed life”. To have a designed life you need to make your decisions using the following three questions.

  1. How do I want to be remembered?
  2. What is important to me?
  3. What single brave decision do I need to make today?

By keeping the following three questions in mind you can make sure you never get lost in all of the small day-to-day tasks, and instead focus on what is most important to you.

Since WDS ended I’ve been following Michael’s advice by living the designed life. Whenever I want to skip a workout or watch TV I think about what is important to me, and how I want to remembered. Keeping these two questions in mind has helped me make the right decisions. This change in outlook hasn’t made a drastic change in my life overnight, but but that isn’t what I’m looking for. These small changes add up over time, building on itself until it finally is something life-changing.

I’m excited to see how these small changes will make a difference in my life. I’ve been writing my goals and achievements down so that I can reflect on them at any time. I can’t wait to see everything I accomplish from now until WDS 2015.

Is WDS Worth Going To?

I recommend any entrepreneur, blogger, or digital nomad that wants to change the world to attend the World Domination Summit. You won’t find a better group of like-minded people. You can find more information for WDS 2015 by visiting their World Domination Summit website.

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